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Ibinida ng Department of Transportation (DOTr) ang 17 paliparan na naipatayo ng administrasyon sa loob ng unang tatlong taon ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte sa pwesto.

Ayon kay Transportation Sec. Arthur Tugade, malaki ang papel na ginagampanan ng mga paliparan para maihatid ang Pilipino at mga dayuhan palabas at papasok ng bansa.

“Connectivity and mobility in transport are key components in socio-economic development. By building new airports and rehabilitating existing ones, the transportation sector contributes to both regional and national progress,” ani Tugade.

Sa ilalim ng mga programa ng DOTr Aviation and Airport Sector at Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines, 17 commercial airports ang natapos ang konstruksyon mula 2016.

Habang may 28 iba pa na patuloy ang konstruksyon.

“Additionally, infrastructure developments for the domestic airports of Virac, Marinduque, Tuguegarao, San Vicente, and Busuanga in Luzon; Maasin, Tacloban, and Catarman in the Visayas; and Ipil, Camiguin, and Siargao in Mindanao, have been accomplished.”

Kabilang sa malalaking airport project na una ng natapos ng pamahalaan ang Lal-Lo International Airport sa Cagayan at kauna-unahang eco-airport na Bohol-Panglao International Airport.

Na-rehabilitate din sa unang tatlong taon ang Mactan-Cebu International Airport.

Isa sa mga inaabangang proyekto ang pagtatapos ng Sangley Airport sa Cavite, Bicol International Airport at New Manila Internaional Airport sa Bulacan.

Habang patuloy ang rehabilitasyon ng Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

“These include the expansion of departure check-in hall and arrival baggage area; architectural improvements in passenger movement areas; upgrade of aerobridge areas and elevated roadway; new glass wall panels and partitions; upgrade of air-conditioning system, power, lightings, fire protection, and electronics and communications systems; installation of an improved flight information display system and a new public address system; and waterproofing works for building exterior, among others.”